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Community of Practice for Consumer Health Professionals

The NNLM has partnered with the All of Us Research Program to help libraries in supporting the health information needs of their users by offering a Consumer Health Community of Practice for library professionals.

Three reasons to participate:

  1. Find and share critical consumer health resources
  2. Find and connect with other consumer health professionals
  3. Engage in important and interesting conversations around consumer health

Featured:

There are numerous posts on social media related to COVID-19. How reliable is the information librarians encounter online and from organizations in their networks? This libguide from the University of Maine's Social Science and Humanities Library offers a short, insightful quiz on exactly this, then scores your answers and provides information about how to assess sources and find reliable health information for your patrons.


Engage with Other Consumer Health Professionals:

Engage on important topics:

  1. Need a free NNLM account to participate.
  2. With your NNLM log-in. Enter the class – the first time you will need to add the following password: cp2020

Consumer Health Community of Practice – We are stronger together
 
This pilot community has been created with two stated objectives:

  1. Develop an engaged network of librarians who are participating in the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network by providing a variety of engagement and learning opportunities on various topics connected to health & wellness and All of Us.
  2. Assess the types of activities that are successful in engaging libraries around health & wellness that can be shared with All of Us and will inform future engagement activities around the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network. 

Are you interested in participating in this community? Here are two important things to know:

First: This community of practice is funded by the All of Us Research Program and so their goals are our goals. You can learn more about All of Us here.

Second: All of the resources in this community of practice are for every library worker who is working or wanting to work to advance access to quality consumer health information in their communities. (Even if you decide not to partner with NNLM to support All of Us). If you work in a library and if you are invested in transforming access to trusted health information, improving health literacy and health outcomes in your communities we want you to have:

  1. Access to all relevant resources in one easy location.
  2. Opportunity to have important discussions and contribute questions and general conversation and also as trusted experts in the field.
  3. Community with others in the field through participating in and connecting with colleagues who are listed in the database.

 

Due to privacy concerns, there are some resources that require an NNLM account, which is free to obtain. We may also promote resources that are external to NNLM that may have their own account requirements.
Welcome to the Community of Practice - we hope you connect with others here!
We welcome feedback at any time. Please share your feedback.
 

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Community of Practice engagement forums are a great opportunity for us to have discussions about the questions that are important to us in the work that we do. The first time you will need to create an NNLM account if you do not have one and then you can proceed to the discussions using this code: cp2020 (It is the year 2020 so the 0s are zeros)

If you have a recommendation for a discussion topic or would like to be a guest facilitator,  please let us know through this feedback form.

This Community of Practice is here for you and most importantly used and built by you. We will continually add trusted resources as you bring them to our attention and organize them in a manner that makes it easy for you to access as needed.

These resources have initially been curated from the existing resources and staff knowledge in the NNLM and other trusted organizations, resources and tools for library and health workers. If you have any additions, comments or suggestions – please use this feedback link to let us know right away.

Resource Description
#libs4health
#libs4health

Social Media hashtag #libs4health is a way to link your health related social media posts and also to find other people and information that use #libs4health

Bringing Health Information to the Community Logo
Bringing Health Information to the Community (BHIC)

Bringing Health Information to the Community is an NNLM blog that shares health information resources, news, and issues affecting communities.

Copy of CDC Banner Image of Father helping a small child with a tissue.
CDC - Coping with the stress of COVID-19

Coping with Stress

Coping with stress during a COVID-19 outbreak will make you, your loved ones, and your community stronger.

CDC logo
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

"CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same."

Class: From Beyond our Boarders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information

This class is designed to assist librarians and others who work with diverse populations in locating health information. The resources presented are selected for their emphasis on providing culturally relevant information in the preferred language of the population. Background information on refugees and immigrants in the U.S. and their unique health issues will be presented.

Community Engagement Toolkit

This toolkit is intended to provide a collection of resources, methods, and best practices for librarians participating in engagement activities in their communities.

Community Tool Box Logo
Community Tool Box

The Community Tool Box is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. It offers thousands of pages of tips and tools for taking action in communities.

MLA Medical Library Association logo
Consumer and Patient Health Information Caucus (CAPHIC)

Formerly CAPHIS - the Consumer and Patient Health Information Caucus connects health sciences librarians and other consumer health information specialists with a forum, educational opportunities, and specific resources for patients, their families, and other consumer health information users.

CAPHIC is a caucus of the Medical Library Association (MLA).

Coronavirus Disease 2019 COVID-19 from CDC
Coronavirus Guide

NNLM staff Bobbi Newman created a guide to COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) for public libraries.

COVID-19 Misinformation Challenge

There are numerous posts on social media related to COVID-19.

Consumer Health Professionals

Title State Expertise
April Wright Maryland
  • Activity and or Outreach Ideas
  • Building Community Partnerships
  • Serving Populations that are Underrepresented in Biomedical Research
Brittney Thomas Iowa
  • Activity and or Outreach Ideas
  • Building Community Partnerships
  • Professional Development
Carolyn Martin Washington
  • Activity and or Outreach Ideas
  • Health Collection Development
  • How to Access to Resources in a Variety of Languages
  • Professional Development
Catherine Martin Massachusetts
  • Activity and or Outreach Ideas
  • Building Community Partnerships
  • Collaboration
  • Professional Conferences
  • Professional Development
  • Serving Populations that are Underrepresented in Biomedical Research
Dana L. Ladd Virginia
  • Activity and or Outreach Ideas
  • Collaboration
  • Health Collection Development
  • How to Access to Print Resources
  • How to Access to Resources in a Variety of Languages
  • Professional Conferences
  • Professional Development
Jessi Van Der Volgen Utah
  • Professional Conferences
  • Professional Development
Michael Balkenhol Pennsylvania
  • Activity and or Outreach Ideas
  • Building Community Partnerships
  • Collaboration
  • Professional Development
Michele Spatz Washington
  • Activity and or Outreach Ideas
  • Building Community Partnerships
  • Collaboration
  • Health Collection Development
  • How to Access to Print Resources
  • How to Access to Resources in a Variety of Languages
  • Professional Conferences
  • Professional Development
  • Serving Populations that are Underrepresented in Biomedical Research
Nora Franco California
  • Activity and or Outreach Ideas
  • Building Community Partnerships
  • Collaboration
  • Health Collection Development
  • How to Access to Print Resources
  • How to Access to Resources in a Variety of Languages
  • Professional Conferences
  • Professional Development
  • Serving Populations that are Underrepresented in Biomedical Research
Tess Wilson Pennsylvania
  • Activity and or Outreach Ideas
  • Building Community Partnerships
  • Collaboration
  • How to Access to Resources in a Variety of Languages
  • Professional Conferences
  • Professional Development
  • Serving Populations that are Underrepresented in Biomedical Research
Event Description Date
How PubMed Works: Introduction

Learn about what PubMed is and what's included in it. We'll explore how to find the original research that is the basis for a news article and we'll spend time searching for articles by a specific author and searching on a specific subject. We'll do exercises to narrow results to a more specific set of results. And lastly, we'll explore the Advanced Search Builder and search history.

Jun 4, 2020
Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library

This class is taught in Moodle from June 8 - July 3, 2020

Jun 8, 2020
Library responses to COVID-19: Impacts on ongoing low-morale experiences

Description: As the COVID-19 Pandemic develops and libraries create immediate, short-term, and long-term responses, Kendrick has been tracking these responses’ impact on already established low-morale experiences. Kendrick will summarize the markers and impacts of low-morale experiences, share the latest results of her survey, and answer attendees’ questions about the survey and/or low morale experiences. Countermeasures to workplace abuse and neglect will also be discussed.

Jun 11, 2020
How PubMed Works: Selection

During this class we'll look at the roles and responsibilities of NLM in collecting and providing access to biomedical literature, including the NLM process for evaluating publishers. This class will describe the difference between PubMed, MEDLINE and PubMed Central (PMC) and explore the selection criteria and process for MEDLINE and PMC. Attend this class to learn what is meant by “publish or perish” in academia and how this affects and is affected by publishing.

Jun 11, 2020
Providing Library Senior Services in a COVID-19 World

How to provide library service to seniors, the most vulnerable population affected during COVID-19, has been the question raised by outreach librarians across the United States. According to the Central for Disease Control (CDC), 8 out of 10 deaths related to COVID-19 are individuals aged 65 years and older. While we might not be able to visit our seniors or facilities in-person for the foreseeable future, libraries can reach this population while we shelter in place. During this webinar, please find tips and tricks that David J. Kelsey of the St.

Jun 17, 2020
How PubMed Works: MeSH

Attend this class to learn about the National Library of Medicine's Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database. We will talk about the 4 different types of MeSH terms and how searchers can benefit from using MeSH to build a search in PubMed. We will investigate the structure of the MeSH database and look at the components of a MeSH record. The class includes hands-on exercises.

Jun 18, 2020
From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health

Sponsored by The National Network of Libraries of Medicine- Middle Atlantic Region, a designated provider of contact hours (CECH) in health education credentialing by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., this program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hour.

Jun 24, 2020
How PubMed Works: ATM

Attend this webinar to learn how PubMed uses Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) to map your keyword searches to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database. Learn how ATM lets you search PubMed effectively with keywords. We will also look at the automatic explosion feature, what is and isn't included in Search Details. We'll explore ways to search by author name and how to search for phrases in PubMed. Come ready to do some exercises.

Jun 25, 2020
Getting Started with Information Outreach in your Community: An Introduction

This class will provide a background in cultural competence and outreach skills as librarians make outreach efforts to underserved, underrepresented minority populations in their community. The goal of this course is to offer concrete ideas to enable librarians to initiate outreach programs with these populations. Topics to be covered include locating community demographics, the importance of developing relationships, the basics of building and developing community-based partnerships, recognition and acceptance of cultural differences, and the importance of cultural competency.

Jul 9, 2020
Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library

This class is taught in Moodle from July 10 - August 7, 2020

Jul 10, 2020

All of Us Research ProgramFunding for this Consumer Health Community of Practice has been provided by the All of Us Research Project. Find the contact information for the Engagement Coordinator whom facilitates partnerships in your location.